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Peer Review of the Ukrainian Research and Innovation System

H2020 PSF
1. Ukraine's STI system needs ambitious reforms to boost its efficiency and impact. These should be coupled with strong governmental commitment to invest more. The target of 1.7% of public R&D expenditures/GDP in the new Law on Scientific and Technical Activity, although unlikely to be reached soon, should remain valid and support the STI reform agenda. Competitive research funding should gain relevance to reach 40% by 2022. 2. The country needs to "innovate its path to growth" with a cross-governmental STI Strategy that is backed by adequate tools. This will require a cross-government effort that involves the intellectual, material and financial assets of the country. Ukraine must place research and innovation high on its political and policy agenda. The Strategy should be developed and implemented to exploit the potential of STI for growth and societal wellbeing. 3. Science in Ukraine should benefit society and the economy. This will require a fundamental change in the way Ukraine orients and carries out its STI. Notably, the science community must realise that in these difficult times "science for the benefit of society and the economy" is a must. This has to be firmly anchored in the mission and rules of all research performing organisations (including universities and the Academies of Sciences). 4. Urgent decisions are needed to prioritise Ukraine's STI actions based on the principles of scientific excellence and on opportunities for innovation-driven economic growth in Ukraine. 5. STI institutions, funding and procedures need strong institutional revamp. Global standards and good practice should be leading forces of change. Legal reforms such as the new Law on Scientific and Technical Activity and the forthcoming Law on Innovation must be optimally deployed to roll out a fully coordinated cross-government approach on STI. 6. Ukraine should push for the internationalisation and opening-up of its STI system. It should use the manifold opportunities gained by its accession to Horizon 2020 and establish adequate mechanisms to support the success of Ukrainian participants in Horizon 2020. At the same time, Ukraine should take the European Research Area agenda as a backdrop for its national reforms. Openness and internationalisation create vibrant and advanced STI systems. 7. Finally, the government and the STI community must take ownership and communicate on the STI reforms undertaken and on their positive results for the country. This should be a joint effort by policy-makers from all political parties and the country’s leading intellectuals. STI delivers returns for Ukraine's economy and society, and these should be promoted, shared, and used with and between society and economic actors.

Commission staff working document - Accompanying the ‘Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the implementation of EU macro-regional strategies'

European Commission
This document supports the report to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, on the implementation of EU macro-regional strategies. It aims at providing more detailed information concerning the state of implementation of each macro-regional strategy.

SYNERGIES FOR INNOVATION: LESSONS LEARNT FROM THE S2E NATIONAL EVENTS

ANDREA CONTE, NIDA KAMIL OZBOLAT
This S2E Policy Insight summarises the main lessons learnt from the S2E National Events and demonstrates how the S3 and synergies between different European national funding can help closing the innovation gap across European territories.

Peer Review of the Ukrainian Research and Innovation System

DG RTD / H2020 PSF
Ukraine's STI system needs ambitious reforms to boost its efficiency and impact. These should be coupled with strong governmental commitment to invest more. The target of 1.7% of public R&D expenditures/GDP in the new Law on Scientific and Technical Activity, although unlikely to be reached soon, should remain valid and support the STI reform agenda.

Peer Review of the Moldovan Research and Innovation System

DG RTD / H2020 PSF
The report presents the outcome of the Peer Review of the Moldovan R&I system, carried out by the independent panel of PSF experts between November 2015 and July 2016. It explains the rationale supporting each of the key Policy Messages highlighted upfront in the report and discusses the 24 specific recommendations, clustered into thematic areas. Case studies from other countries supplement the narrative by presenting good practice examples that could facilitate the implementation of the recommendations by the Moldovan authorities.

Eastern Partnership - Focusing on key priorities and deliverables

JOINT STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT European Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Author: European Commission and High Representative of the Union for...

Implementing Smart Specialisation Strategies: A Handbook

Ed. Carlo Gianelle, Dimitris Kiriakou, Caroline Cohen, Marek Przeor
The handbook aims at taking stock of the Smart Specialisation experience and presenting its current state of the art, both in terms of conceptual developments and practical implementation.

Macro-regional strategies in changing times – EUSBSR, EUSDR, EUSALP and EUSAIR headed towards the future together

Interact Programme
Interact has published the first publication to comprise all four EU macro-regional strategies. The publication offers a view of the issues concerning the four strategies and aims to familiarize stakeholders with strategies of other macro-regions and to facilitate cooperation activities between strategies in the future.

Serbia 2016 Progress Report

SWD(2016) 361 final European Commission
Author: European Commission ...